Monday, November 21, 2011
Kayaking 10.5 mile stretch between Route 66 SP and Castlewood SP, Meremac River Missouri
Great 10.5 mile paddle between the Route 66 State park and Castlewood State Park in St. Louis County, Missouri. The weather was semi-cool and cloudy, but not too awful. Weather like this really helps you to appreciate a spray skirt. I had it strapped to the kayak for about 1/2 of the trip.
Came up on some trapped raccoons close to shore. Missouri has a season for this, however, I find it to be incredibly inhuman and just down right mean. I am not "anti hunting" or anything. But I think in todays world, there are other methods other than trapping. I had thought about trying to help release them, but they probably would have tried to tear my arm off. It had looked like a couple of them (still alive) had been trapped for days (that part is not legal). In a kayak, I was really inequipped to handle it. If I had a 9mm or something, I probably would have put them out of their misery...one more reason to pack when you kayak.
Sorry to be a buzz-kill......
Other than that, it was an awesome trip with my friends Ray Schroeder and Dan Main. I think everyone really enjoyed the fellowship and kayaking. We had a couple of rapids that were semi-challenging (the colder the water gets, the more challenging, at least in my book).
It really has been awhile since I have been out....I think it was like therapy or something
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